Cheers! Local pub saved after landlord’s takeover

Michael Lloyd

December 19, 2017

A landlord secured the long-term future of his popular local pub after agreeing a commercial mortgage with specialist lender Together.

The landlord seized on the business opportunity after the pub’s Midlands-based owners decided to stop brewing its beer through a third-party brewery in Yorkshire, casting uncertainty over the pub’s future. Paul Garner, who has been the sitting tenant at The New Albion pub in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, for nearly three years, borrowed £133,250 to buy the freehold inn.

Garner said: “We’ve always been popular with regulars but since we opened up as a free house, independent of the brewery, we are getting even more people through our doors.

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“If we can carry on doing what we are doing well, and with the continued support of our locals, we’ve both got a really bright future ahead of us.

Garner plans to build up the already-successful business so that his two-year-old son Louie can take over its running in the future.

“That’s why I bought the pub, as a nest egg for my little lad when he grows up.”

Garner was refused funding for the buy-out from a mainstream bank because of the complexities of the case.

Garner then spoke to mortgage broker Phil Trueman of Reach Commercial Finance brokerage, who introduced him to Barry Dillon, Together’s regional development director for Yorkshire.

Dillon visited the pub and, following a valuation and a careful assessment of the case, agreed a commercial mortgage of £133,250 with a term of 20 years at 65% loan-to-value, to fund Paul’s takeover.

Dillon said: “We were able to deliver the goods after Paul was turned down by a high street bank. We went to have a look at the pub and Paul’s case for funding, and everything stacked up.

“At Together, we have a philosophy of common sense lending and an appetite to fund these kind of landlord takeovers for successful pubs at the heart of their communities, preventing them either being boarded up or flattened. Paul has some fantastic regulars, visiting a pub in an area with a great real ale culture, which means he – and Louie – should pull in the customers for years to come.”

Trueman said: “We worked with Together to make sure we got the best possible outcome for Paul and his son. We’re delighted that he can now carry on running The New Albion and wish him well for the future.”

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